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Dental Anesthesia And Sedation In The Muskegon Area

A woman receives dental care while under anesthesia

Our team at SplenDent Implant Center, serving the Muskegon area and western Michigan, is dedicated to helping patients get the care they need, especially those who suffer from dental anxiety. We understand that for some patients, visiting the dentist can be a stressful experience, and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible during your treatment. We offer several types of dental sedation and anesthesia that can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Nitrous Oxide

Conscious sedation is a common method many dentists use to help patients stay relaxed during dental procedures. It involves inhaling a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (laughing gas) through a mask that goes over the nose. Although you’ll be fully conscious, you’ll also be completely relaxed throughout treatment, and may even feel giddy or giggly.

This safe, non-invasive form of dental anesthesia helps calm anxiety. It also can help you tolerate lengthy or multiple dental procedures with ease and allows our team to do their jobs more easily. In addition to helping patients with dental anxiety, nitrous oxide often is used for children or patients with a sensitive gag reflex. Nitrous oxide is typically used in conjunction with local anesthesia, and its effects wear off fairly quickly. As a courtesy to our patients, we offer conscious sedation at no extra cost.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation also can be an effective way to calm dental anxiety before and during your procedure. Unlike nitrous oxide, it is not administered in the office. Your dentist will prescribe a benzodiazepine such as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, or Ativan, which you will take as directed about an hour or so before your appointment. Benzodiazepines affect activity in the parts of the brain that control fear and anxiety. After oral sedation takes effect, you should feel very relaxed and calm. You’ll likely have little to no memory of the procedure, but you’ll still be able to listen and respond to your dentist’s instructions, which makes the experience more pleasant for everyone involved. Because oral sedation can make you feel “out of it,” you must have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

IV Sedation

Often called “sleep dentistry” or “twilight dentistry,” IV sedation can be of benefit to patients who suffer from moderate to severe dental anxiety or fear. It also may be used for more complex cases involving full-mouth extractions and dental implants, patients with an extremely strong gag reflex, and for those who have difficulty getting numb from local anesthesia. Your dentist will review your medical history and discuss whether IV sedation is right for you.

To administer IV sedation, our nurse anesthetist will deliver anti-anxiety medications directly into your bloodstream. First, a needle attached to a tiny tube is inserted into a vein on your hand or arm. Sedative medication is then administered through this tube. You should start feeling relaxed and anxiety-free shortly after the sedative is administered.

The nurse anesthetist will monitor your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure to ensure you stay stable throughout your dental procedure. You won’t be completely unconscious under twilight sedation, but you will be extremely relaxed and probably won’t care about or remember what’s going on. You will need someone to drive you home when treatment is completed.

Talk To Your Dentist About Sedation Options

If you suffer from dental anxiety or you’re concerned about sitting for hours of extensive treatment, your dentist can discuss sedation options with you and help you find solutions that meet your specific needs. We want to ensure that you feel safe and relaxed during your time with us, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions and request sedation if you think it will make your experience more comfortable.

Each patient is different, and what works for one person may not be best for another. Regardless of which option best meets your needs, sedation can help assuage dental anxiety and enable our dentists to effectively perform procedures while helping you stay comfortable and stress-free.

Contact Us To Learn More About Sedation For Dental Anxiety

Whether you’re interested in a full mouth reconstruction or need a single tooth implant, our team at SplenDent Implant Center is committed to helping you improve your oral health and your smile. To learn more about safe and effective dental anesthesia and sedation and the other services we offer, contact us online or call us at 616-446-7987 to schedule an appointment. Our caring dentists and staff serve patients in Norton Shores, Wyoming, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, and throughout western Michigan.